Lakers Free Agency: Isaiah Thomas Among 3 Best Underrated Options

Lakers Underrated Free Agency Targets

Getty Isaiah Thomas of the Denver Nuggets looks on as a tribute video is played for him.

While the Lakers have been linked to a number of big names in free agency, they will inevitably need to fill out their roster with less-heralded players to build a quality supporting cast. Given their cap situation, adding another superstar would limit them to almost exclusively signing players to veteran minimum contracts – meaning they need to find some diamonds in the rough.


Lakers Underrated Free Agency Target #1: Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas 52 Points! 29 in the 4th Quarter | 12.30.16Isaiah Thomas gets it done in the 4th quarter, dropping 29 of his 52 in the 4th quarter as the Celtics defeat the Heat on the 2nd night of a back to back. About the NBA: The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the United States and Canada. The league is truly global, with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, as well as NBA rosters at the start of the 2016-17 season featuring a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories. For the 2016-17 season, each of the league's 30 teams will play 82 regular-season games, followed by a postseason for those that qualify. The NBA consists of the following teams: Atlanta Hawks; Boston Celtics; Brooklyn Nets; Charlotte Hornets; Chicago Bulls; Cleveland Cavaliers; Dallas Mavericks; Denver Nuggets; Detroit Pistons; Golden State Warriors; Houston Rockets; Indiana Pacers; Los Angeles Clippers; Los Angeles Lakers; Memphis Grizzlies; Miami Heat; Milwaukee Bucks; Minnesota Timberwolves; New Orleans Pelicans; New York Knicks; Oklahoma City Thunder; Orlando Magic; Philadelphia 76ers; Phoenix Suns; Portland Trail Blazers; Sacramento Kings; San Antonio Spurs; Toronto Raptors; Utah Jazz; Washington Wizards. The NBA offers real time access to live regular season NBA games with a subscription to NBA LEAGUE PASS, available globally for TV, broadband, and mobile. Real-time Stats, Scores, Highlights and more are available to fans on web and mobile with the NBA App. For more information, as well as all the latest NBA news and highlights, log onto the league's official website at http://www.NBA.com Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/nba Subscribe to NBA LEAGUE PASS http://www.nba.com/leaguepass Download NBA Game Time http://www.nba.com/mobile Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nba Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nba Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nba Follow us on Tumblr http://nba.tumblr.com Shop for NBA Gear: http://store.nba.com2016-12-31T04:04:17.000Z

The Lakers are in desperate need of a starting caliber point guard (at least one to keep the seat warm until the Alex Caruso show takes over) and Isaiah Thomas has shown to be elite when at his best. While Thomas and James have teamed up before, the circumstances were considerably different as Thomas was plagued by injuries while trying to merge his ball-dominant style of play alongside the more talented floor general in LeBron.

This time around Thomas isn’t riding off an All-NBA nod and seems to be relatively healthy. The man just wants to get on the court and play ball and for a veteran minimum contract, it might just be worth the risk given his upside. Especially if he can learn to thrive in a role as the fourth or fifth option the Lakers could really be cooking.

The Lakers can afford to take a gamble here as long as they can bring on board a competent backup caliber point guard as if the Thomas experiment goes awry, they can simply sit him on the end of the bench without losing any sleep.


Lakers Underrated Free Agency Target #2: Wayne Ellington

Wayne Ellington's Best Three Pointers From His HISTORIC 2017-2018 SeasonEllington has set an NBA record for 3-pointers off the bench with 207, breaking Eric Gordon's mark of 206 set last season. Subscribe to the NBA: http://bit.ly/2rCglzY For news, stories, highlights and more, go to our official website at http://www.nba.com Get NBA LEAGUE PASS: http://www.nba.com/leaguepass2018-04-05T02:53:30.000Z

Wayne Ellington is a veteran sharpshooter who could fit the Lakers roster perfectly. Despite being on the wrong side of 30, a player’s shot is usually the last thing to go and the Lakers won’t need Ellington to do much besides sit back behind the three-point line and knock down the open shot when he gets it.

The Lakers desperately need shooters and while Ellington COULD command slightly more than the minimum, he might be willing to take a discount to come to LA and chase rings with what is shaping up to be a contender in the West.


Lakers Underrated Free Agency Target #3: David Nwaba

David Nwaba Career High 22 Points Full Highlights (3/6/2019)This is what I live for. Scrubs whose entire careers are just a singular parade of scrubdom, perhaps broken up by stints in the G-League or in weird countries that end in "-ia", scoring amounts of points that nobody anticipated. Here, the scrub in question is one David Nwaba, and he scored twenty-two points in one game, obliterating his previous career high of ten. I really had you going there for a bit, didn't I? Nwaba's previous career high was twenty-one. I just wanted to lie to you to see if I could get away with it. For somebody like Nwaba, who has never really played a concrete role on a team for an entire season, ten points could very well be a career high. A lot of scrubs never come close to scoring that many points, forget about over twice that many points. Anyway, despite my hypitude for this performance, the amplitude of my hypitude could be higher. The reason is simple, really: Nwaba doesn't dunk it at all in this game. Not one time. A guy whose main calling card is executing high-flying slam dunks despite being undersized should be able to fit in at least one or two dunks per game when the defenders aren't paying as much attention as they should. The lack of dunkage upsets me so greatly that I considered revoking the "career high" status of this performance. But then I did some more research and it turns out that removing the word "career high" from the title of a YouTube video does not actually alter reality in such a way that the career high never happened. That's how I had thought it worked but apparently it doesn't work that way. This also means that my attempts to wish into existence a 100-point game for Giannis by uploading videos alleging that such a game occurred are similarly futile. All clips property of the NBA. No copyright infringement is intended. If you enjoyed this video, please consider donating to my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/downtobuck2019-03-07T05:13:26.000Z

David Nwaba got his start with the Lakers a few years back after working his way up through the NBA G-League. An elite defender without much of an offensive game, Nwaba could still be an incredibly useful tool off the bench to bolster what is shaping up to be a fairly thin backcourt.

While likely never to see starter minutes, Nwaba could be deployed off the bench to make life hell on opposing guards and wear them down while the Lakers’ starters rest. Despite his offensive deficiencies, Nwaba could be a great fit off the bench and a very useful player for the Lakers.